The Swan Thieves

A Novel
By Elizabeth Kostova (Trade Paperback, 2010)
Andrew Marlow, a psychiatrist, has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when the renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes Marlow's patient.

When Oliver refuses to talk or cooperate, Marlow finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this silent genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver and toward a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.

Moving from American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love, THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, the losses of history, and the power of art to preserve human hope.
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    • Price: $15.99 US/$17.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316065795

    • On Sale Date: 11/03/2010

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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Andrew Marlow, a psychiatrist, has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when the renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes Marlow's patient.

When Oliver refuses to talk or cooperate, Marlow finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this silent genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver and toward a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.

Moving from American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love, THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, the losses of history, and the power of art to preserve human hope.

Elizabeth Kostova is the author of the international bestseller The Historian. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress.

  • The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

  • "A brainy debut...The Da Vinci Code for smart people...uncharacteristically thrilling tale..."
    (Entertainment Weekly).

  • "The Historian is the kind of book you won't put down...this is a book of stories nested within stories..." (San Jose Mercury News).

  • "Quite extraordinary....Kostova has refashioned the vampire myth into a compelling contemporary novel, a late-night page-turner." (San Francisco Chronicle).

  • "Nearly impossible to put down....Once you pick up this novel it won't take you long to get to the end." (The Houston Chronicle).

  • "Hypnotic....A thrill ride through history." (Denver Post).

  • "Part thriller, part history, part romance....Kostova has a keen sense of storytelling and she has a marvelous tale to tell." (Baltimore Sun).

  • "The many ardent admirers of The Historian will be happy to learn that The Swan Thieves offers plenty of the same pleasures."  (Washington Post).

  • "A must-read for lovers of historical fiction....The Swan Thieves shows the same meticulous historical research and scene-setting description that elevated The Historian from a vampire tale to a work of art."  (Associated Press).

  • "A compelling story....Fans of The Historian have been waiting a long time for a new work from Kostova. They won't be disappointed."  (Denver Post).

  • "Kostova's eloquent prose possesses the power to both transport and inspire."  (BookPage).

  • "Kostova knows how to craft a breathless ending."  (Entertainment Weekly).

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Product Details

The Swan Thieves
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $15.99 US/$17.99 CAN
  • Pages: 592
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316065795
  • On Sale Date: 11/03/2010
The Swan Thieves

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